Department of Middle Eastern Studies
Department of Middle Eastern Studies

Ancient Near East / Hebrew Bible

The HB/ANE track is designed to immerse students in the critical, academic study of the Hebrew Bible in its ancient Near Eastern context. Students read the entire Hebrew Bible in four semesters, and they learn another ancient Semitic language to an intermediate level. They are prepared for the field of biblical studies via two years of seminars in which they are expected to write and respond as scholars in the field. 
All students in HB/ANE must develop a second field as well, with an eye toward the kinds of positions that exist for Hebrew Bible specialists in these times. Second fields that have so far been selected include religious studies, New Testament, gender studies, linguistics, and the politics/war/strategy of the Ancient Near East. 


Hebrew Bible/Ancient Near East Admissions Requirements

Earned a master's degree in the field or have an extensive background in the study of the Hebrew Bible; and
1)Three years of Biblical Hebrew (or equivalent); and 2) Knowledge of Biblical Aramaic or experience with a second Semitic language.


Ph.D. Requirements 2018-2020

Core Degree

• a minimum of 30 hours of MELC courses;
• 9 hours of language seminars; 
• at least 3 hours of comprehensive exams;
• reading knowledge of French or German;
• mastery in a Middle Eastern language;
• at least 6 credit hours of dissertation coursework


Track Specifications and Requirements

Hebrew Bible/Ancient Near East
Courses must include 12 hours of the Bible in Hebrew;
3 hours of Comparative Semitic Grammar;
3 hours in Theory & Method in Study of Religion;
12 hours in topics on the Ancient Near East;
12 hours in a Minor field;
12 hours of Near Eastern language work. 
** Degrees are disciplinary, not language, oriented

We encourage prospective students to read our Graduate Admissions FAQ, as many general questions are answered on our website.


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